Low-lying coastal areas of western Scotland face significant ecological change from rising sea levels and worsening weather patterns, a leading Scottish environmental academic has said. Stewart Angus, coastal ecology specialist for Scottish Natural Heritage, has been researching the flat coastal Uist plains in the Outer Hebrides for 30 years and believes that they are in danger of major change. While his main focus has been on the islands, he says the same potential of a drastically changing biodiversity is also true of other low-lying machair coastal regions, such as the Outer Hebrides, Orkney, Tiree and Islay. Professor Angus said: “These areas are experiencing the fastest rates of relative sea-rise in Scotland, around six millimetres a year. You have significant areas in Benbecula and western South Uist that are well below mean high-water spring tide.
Times 24th Oct 2019 read more »
Economists “are failing the world, including their own grandchildren and great-grandchildren” by ignoring climate change, according to a report published by the Royal Economic Society (RES). The usually genteel newsletter of the 129-year old association, which typically opens with a memo from Nobel prize-winner Sir Angus Deaton and includes updates on research, industry events and campaigns, took a serious swipe at its profession’s own shortcomings in its October edition. In an article it accused economists of ducking the issue in favour of safer topics preferred by prestigious publishers. Authors Andrew Oswald, a professor at Warwick, and Nicholas Stern, a peer, professor at the LSE and former president of the RES, accused economists of leaving politicians and the public ill-informed about global warming. It comes at a time when meeting targets, such as cutting net carbon emissions to zero, require an urgent and major rewiring of large parts of the economy.
Telegraph 23rd Oct 2019 read more »